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Posted in: Gone but not forgotten See in context

No.1 - The Milkman - in the UK they would come by in electric carts (many years before the current fad) - called milk floats. I still remember the whine of the motor, accompanied by the clinking of the bottles. Of course I also remember finding the birds had pecked through the foil top to get at the cream at the top of the bottle.

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Posted in: Not many surprises in Super Bowl ads See in context

I love them as well. But since I have pretty much seen them all, I can now use the commercial breaks for what they were originally intended - getting some more chili, another beer and the all-important bathroom break.

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Posted in: Kumi Koda's first album since getting married reaches No. 1 spot on Oricon chart See in context


Here is the picture from a previous JT article regarding this album.

That's a courtesan costume? Wow - and I though bikini's were a relatively modern invention.

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Posted in: Enter the dragon See in context

I've read the book and seen the Swedish film. I loved the book and thought that the film was average. It did tell the story, but I don't think the story adapts to film that well.

Yes - I agree - the books work out better in the head, than in either film.

But given the choice - I go with the Swedish version of the movie than the American.

I did suggest reading the books rather than watching the movie. Frankly, if you watch a movie, you are watching through the looking glass of another person.

It's like listening to the music rather than reading the musical notation. Few can read the musical notation, but we can all read the book.

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Posted in: Two Japanese auto suppliers to pay price-fixing fine in U.S. See in context

@ Japanese government must apply the law of reciprocity with american companies.

I absolutely agree -

@ The Japanese receive all these gaijins with open arms and look what we receive in exchange.

As long as you treat them the same as Japanese and NOT gaijins.

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Posted in: Enter the dragon See in context

OK - IMHO - the Swedish version is FAR superior. I would recommend people watch all the Swedish versions first (You could always read the books first - there are English versions, but I am not sure at this point about Japanese versions).

At least the director of the Swedish movie agrees with me (OK - I agree with him).


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Posted in: Peach John Disney undies for Valentine’s Day See in context

Of course - if the people wearing them are on the other side of each other - it looks they they are not talking.

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Posted in: Hitching a ride See in context

For some reason the theme music from Hawaii 5-0 keeps running through my head.

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Posted in: Envelopes containing black powder sent to Akutagawa Award winners See in context

Ummm... all explosives are heat generating. It's the speed at which they generate heat. Of course technically rust is an incredibly SLOW explosion... :-)

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Posted in: Starbucks to start selling wine, beer in U.S. See in context

If only they sold liquors. A dash of benedictine or a shot of brandy to hide the taste of their coffee... :-)

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Posted in: Godiva Mont d'Amour collection See in context

Hey - As a kid I would have given anything (OK - not absolutely everything - but a LOT) for even obligatory chocolate. The idea that for once, the girl would actually initiate an approach? Wow... OK - so more a fantasy than reality, but at least I wouldn't have spent weeks worrying only to be rejected :-)

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Posted in: The day the drinks stopped pouring See in context

@Nicky Washida

I always used to ride when I was younger so I never drank when I went out, but moving to London and taking the train everywhere changed that.

Yes - my downfall was almost the tube when I move to London. Well, that and the winter. I always rode a motorcycle, even when I went to work in London and live 13 miles away from work. But when the black ice hit I had to take the tube. People can drive a car drunk, but if you can't get a motorcycle off the stand and start it up, you are too drunk to ride (so I am told).

As with Landsberg-san I started to hate the mornings after. But the main kicker was waking up oner morning and seeing my motorcycle parked in the driveway, and remembering I had been drinking in a pub that was a police hangout doing yards of ale but not remember riding home. It seems most of the police were biker cops and liked my bike, so they got a police car to drive me home and another cop rode the bike. There was an extra 100 miles on it though, and I only live 2 miles from the pub.

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Posted in: Man in underwear swims palace moat 'to meet emperor' See in context

I am sure he can claim he is sane on the basis that only an insane man would have left his clothes on to swim across the moat.

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Posted in: Ready for boarding See in context

Isn't it a sign of growing old when the pilots seem so young?....

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Posted in: 'It's silent?': Britons demand refunds for 'The Artist' See in context

@Hategobo - Lawrence Weston... I'll be staying visiting the UK and staying near Bedminster next month - I'll say Hi! for you. But I probably won't watch The Artist there. Somebody would probably think that due to my accent I'm an American and try and sell me special earphones to listen to it in 3D...

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Posted in: Police haven't ruled out suicide in severed penis case, media report See in context

Strange how society's mores can play a part. In the UK, suicide is considered "bad form" so the authorities will bend over backwards to say it is not suicide - "The deceased was depressed and told people he was going to hang himself. Was found in a locked room with the key in his pocket, hanging from a rafter by a kicked over chair. However no suicide note was found, so it's death by misadventure".

In Japan...

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Posted in: 'It's silent?': Britons demand refunds for 'The Artist' See in context

@Hategobo - Yeah _ I'm from Bristol, I am sorry to say you might be able to insert almost any city in the headline... But I refuse to back down on my comment about the shell-suits....

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Posted in: 'It's silent?': Britons demand refunds for 'The Artist' See in context

I am embarrassed these shell-suited oxygen thieves share the same nationality as me

I have to agree at this point (although I would like to believe that not all Liverpudlians are morons - the same cannot be said of the ones wearing shell-suits).

On the plus side, at least we know that Liverpool will never be bereft of village idiots.

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Posted in: Entitlements are not rights See in context

A little context here: He also said:

"... One group isn’t entitled to take something from somebody else. And the basic problem here is, there’s a lot of good intention to help poor people, but guess who gets the entitlements in Washington? The big guys, the rich people, they get the entitlements, the military-industrial complex, the banking system. Those are the entitlements we should be dealing with.”

You can apply it to yourself, and shuffle to the side you feel you should be on. But please go and listen to the whole thing.

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Posted in: Sexy undies yes, G-strings no, say French women See in context

Guerin predicts the G-string’s share of the market will crumble further.

I love people who make predictions on what they want to happen.

In my humble opinion, as long as there are men who like women to wear them, there will be women who will want to wear them. (And yes, as long as there are women who like women to etc etc).

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Posted in: Olympus president, 5 other execs to resign in April over cover-up See in context

Hardly a recommendation for the company. You fire the person who told you of the illegality occurring, and replaced him with one of the people doing it.

If this is the way they treat their shareholders, how do they regard their customers?

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Posted in: The importance of blood type in Japanese culture See in context

My wife will love this - although she tells me that as a water dragon / Capricorn, she does not believe in any form of astrology.

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Posted in: Bum's the word in Japan security scans See in context

Please sign up here to take part in our research....

There must be some sort of standardized butt measurement... Incredible when you come to think about it.

But I am sorry, I am not cutting 4 inches off of anything to fit into anyone's standard measurement (OK - you will had to have watched the movie to know what I mean - and if this is deleted - the moderators have watched the movie :-) )

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Posted in: Bum's the word in Japan security scans See in context

The question is, will it detect the gold hidden up there?

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Posted in: 8 men arrested for smuggling gold from S Korea to Japan in rectums See in context

Oh great. Up to now I have only had to remove my belt and shoes when going through security...

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Posted in: Patriots, 49ers advance in NFL playoffs See in context

3 turn-arounds in the last 30 seconds of the game! My wife lived in San Francisco during the 1982 when the 49'ers made "The Catch" touchdown. She said this game was as exciting, and was jumping around so much she knocked me off the sofa and our dog hid under the table.

Going to be a lot of hangovers in San Francisco this morning.

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Posted in: English-speaking Japanese sought for stage play in Osaka See in context

You are more likely to find English-listeners amongst the Japanese than Japanese-Listeners amongst the English. In England it is still the norm not to learn another language, but to speak louder in English if the listener seems unable to understand you. :-)

I have been to similar in Germany - it can be funny (and who said the Germans have no sense of humor?)

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Posted in: Examinations begin across Japan See in context

(eg "Where is Mike?" A) "At the library" B) "In the library" etc etc

Mike-san was not at/in the library at all. He was apparently at the wrong place but in the right time (Note: see propositions). I'm English-born and would cheerfully strangle the person who wrote this.

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Posted in: Prayer offerings See in context

In the UK - there is so much history it spills over into everyday life. I see Japan the same. As an island nation, the history must pile up with nowhere to go. Shrines must seem to act as a sort of spiritual battery.

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Posted in: Examinations begin across Japan See in context

and the English sections are painful to read.

Is there a way for English speaking people to offer help (I will not call it tuition - I speak it - I don't know how to teach it) online for free. Seems a shame to see a system that is apparently flawed ruin a persons future.

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